- Dec 10, 2019
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops is establishing a working group charged with providing support and assistance to immigrants and refugees. Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo, president of the USCCB, has named the members of the committee with an eye toward the incoming Trump administration.
Leading Catholic organizations in the U.S. rally together to address the growing concerns in their communities, from immigration to affordable housing. Catholic agencies hope to strengthen their core services through communication and by taking advantage of recent leadership changes.
Leaders and members of a Catholic church in Hudson are deciding whether to welcome five Syrian refugee families into their community next summer. The church would have to find housing, transportation, government services and employment or schools for the refugees.
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops promotes prayer services and special Masses across the country on December 12, the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe the patroness of the Americas. The focus will be on migrants and refugees, a central theme in today’s politics and society.
In small and often intimate gestures, there are big lessons for bishops to learn as they exercise their ministry, said Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, in his final address as president of the U.S. bishops’ conference, adding that, “we bishops need those flashes of inspiration and encouragement from God.”
“Let us pray for everyone separated from the abundance of our country that God may comfort them and opportunities may open for them to fully participate in the hope of America,” the leaders of the American bishops said. “Let us also especially remember the elderly and those who are in need, as well as anyone who may be spending the day alone.”